‘Just as you can unfold a leaf of paper, so, too you can order or mix up a pair or class of concepts, without ever privileging one of the two opposing notions. On the contrary, you will always find the one in the other, the order in disorder, the natural in the artificial, the shadow in the light, and vice versa’
Origami belongs to a series of works bearing the title I vedenti (The sighted) - a title which has been stamped onto the base of this paper plane with a special device that Boetti had made which used needles to puncture paper in a manner similar to that used to validate passports and other official documents. In a paradox that Boetti was fully aware of, the words ‘I vedenti’, rendered in this way, are barely visible. The reference is to the idea that Boetti had of an artist being someone who had a unique, even secret insight into the true nature of the world.
In this work, made in 1990 as part of a series of works born from games Boetti played with his daughter Agata, a drawing or watercolour has been transformed into a paper plane. In order to see the drawing, the paper plane would have to be unfolded. It therefore remains, hidden, secret, unseen.